The luscious island of Bali and widely known spiritual practice of yoga go hand in hand. Many tourists dedicate their entire trip to yoga, traveling halfway around the world to meditate in the beautiful landscapes of Bali. While many practice yoga for physical, mental or spiritual reasons, the beauty of Bali resides in more than just these practices. So if you have an upcoming yoga retreat in Bali coming up, don’t forget to add a few extra days to squeeze in these places to your itinerary!
Tegallalang Rice Terrace
Tegallalang Rice Terrace is one of the most visited rice terraces in Bali. Your eyes will immediately feast on the steps of lush green scenery, as soon as you start your walk through the rice terrace. Although the few entrances to the garden can be confusing, the locals and directional signs along the road help make the journey easier. Inside the rice terrace, you will see local farmers working in the fields, carrying loads of rice bundles. While there are directional signs at the entrance, once inside, you’ll have to find your own way around. However, while the narrow pathways and friendly farmers are the only sources of direction inside the rice fields, it certainly adds to the authentic Bali atmosphere.
Pinggan Village – Kintamani
A unique feature of Pinggan Village is the astounding aerial view of the village in the early hours of dawn. The village, perched on top of a hill, makes a famous spot for photographers. In addition to the fog pierced through with rays of light, the view of Mount Batur in the background creates a dramatic framing among picture-taking artists. Because the sunrise at Pinggan Village is at 6 AM, you should reach it by 5:30 AM to guarantee your experience of viewing the stellar scenery. A thin layer of fog will sheet over the village as the sun begins to shed light on the earth. The civilization below reflects the light and peaks through the dense fog. Despite the sun, the temperature does get a little chilly in the morning so make sure to bring a light jacket.
With only a 90-minute boat ride from Denpasar, you will step foot on one of the underestimated locations in Bali. Nusa Penida offers a bunch of different activities for visitors pertaining to different interests. Lovers of the ocean can experience being in the same water with manta rays and ocean sunfish. A number of diving points are present on the island with each offering a unique experience of the sea. On the other hand, take pictures of Kelingking beach from Karang Dawa viewpoint or view the natural rock bridge at Broken Bay. Also, go for a dip in the magical colors of Angel’s Billabong or in the clear waters of Crystal Bay, to make the best of Nusa Penida.
This beach is famously known for the various choices of recreational water sports activities available. With its low tides and calm waters, Tanjung Benoa is perfect for youngsters and families to enjoy water sports activities. The activities are offered daily from 9 AM – 2 PM as after 2 PM the tides become relatively low, making it dangerous for water sports. A few of the water activities offered include the banana boat, rolling doughnut, flying fish, and parasailing. Furthermore, a tour to Turtle Island is also available where visitors can experience these creatures first hand with professional help.
Blue Point Beach
Located on the Bukit Peninsula lies a hidden gem called Blue Point Beach. This beach is a favorite spot for surfers, surrounded by massive walls of limestone formations. To reach the beach, you will have to descend a hefty amount of rocky steps. Although the walk is quite strenuous, the one of a kind view rewarded at the end of your journey will be worth it. Blue Point is unlike the other beaches where you would typically sunbathe and sit around. Instead, you can spend your time lurking in the mysterious walls of the rocks. Be mindful when you’re planning to visit because the beach is only accessible during the low tides.
Campuhan Ridge Walk
A stroll through the rice paddies and rural scenes is a dream for visitors looking to get a morning workout. The best time to go is early morning before you are bombarded with the scorching hot afternoon sun. To get to the location is relatively easy since it is located at Ibah Hotel and is open to everyone, even if you’re not a guest at their hotel. Visitors would often take this route to reach Karsa Cafe, located just 2 km from the starting point. It usually takes 1-2 hours to enjoy this scenic walk while soaking in the beautiful view that surrounds you.
Kintamani is a unique place. It’s thick fog and misty mornings are not a common sight in Bali. Located in the highlands of Kintamani resides an active volcano that offers a unique sunrise experience for visitors. The tour offered at the Mount starts at dawn, after picking up tourists from their hotels. The tour officially begins in Toya Bungkah Village, where visitors start the hike up to the peak. The hike takes approximately 2 hours but pays off with a hearty breakfast waiting for you at the top. The breakfast is specially prepared using the steam of the volcano. Guests can rest, and after their meal, explore the grand crater and brilliant view before departing.
Oviene (o-v-n) has lived in three different countries and speaks fluent Bahasa Indonesia. Enjoys sunrises, coffee, keeping journals and napping in the back seat on long car rides. She is a social media enthusiast who completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at York University.
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